Start off your summer grilling season with a platter of these jalapeno poppers, a fun appetizer of bacon-wrapped smoked sausage pockets stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 portions
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut cream cheese lengthwise into 4 pieces. Place on a plate and freeze 30 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, cut sausage crosswise into 4 portions. To create a pocket, cut each portion, lengthwise, three-fourths of the way through.

  • Place cream cheese pieces in the opening of each sausage portion. Then stuff each opening with half of a jalapeno.

  • Wrap a slice of uncooked bacon around each stuffed sausage and secure bacon with toothpicks as needed.

  • In a charcoal grill, arrange medium coals around the edge of the grill. Place a drip pan in the center of the grill. Place sausage, slit-side down, on a grill rack over the drip pan. Cover and grill 25 minutes or until sausage is browned and bacon is cooked through, turning (to slit-side up) halfway through grilling.

  • Let stand 10 minutes. Cut each sausage into 4 portions and serve with toothpicks as appetizers.

Cook's Note:

When working with fresh chiles, wear rubber gloves or disposable plastic gloves, or cover your hands with small plastic bags. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and hot water. If you get some of the oils in your eyes, flush them with cool water. Oils from chiles can transfer to knives and cutting surfaces, so wash tools and surfaces with hot, soapy water after use to prevent the oils from transferring to other foods.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 1.7g 1% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 25.7mg 9% DV; sodium 285.3mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2018
Super smokey and delicious with added twist. I prepared as described. Rather than BBQ I placed in an electric smoker using 50:50 mix of Apple and pecan pellets in a pellet tube (available thru Amazon). Slow smoked for 2-1/2 hours at 185 then an additional 30 minutes at 375. Turned out excellent. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2018
Super smokey and delicious with added twist. I prepared as described. Rather than BBQ I placed in an electric smoker using 50:50 mix of Apple and pecan pellets in a pellet tube (available thru Amazon). Slow smoked for 2-1/2 hours at 185 then an additional 30 minutes at 375. Turned out excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2019
No changes Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2018
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2018
I made these however I used "Zumo" brand sausage instead. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2018
These were so good! My husband agrees that we will make these again. They are really good sliced up cold as an appetizer as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2018
Great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2018
This is perfect for the BBQ and my family Loved it! Read More